Thursday, April 24, 2014

VEISHA

Morro Bay CA (Low 49 Sunny High 62)

We went to the Hearst Castle yesterday but won't have a blog entry on that today as Bob has almost 200 photos to go through but stay tuned. To tease you here is a photo of Morro Rock that we can see from our campsite



and here is a photo of Hearst Castle from the Visitors Center.



These events took place while we were in a dead zone but we still wanted to comment on them. This is a departure from our usual blogging only about travel and food and full-time rv'ng, we hope that is OK. If not you can close this blog entry and wait for our next exciting entry.

Bob graduated from Iowa State University in 1979 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. VEISHA is an annual celebration, the largest student run festival in the nation. The name of the festival is an acronym for the colleges of the university that existed when the festival was founded in 1922: Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, Agriculture.



The celebration features an annual parade and many open-house demonstrations of the university facilities and departments. Campus organizations exhibit products, technologies, and hold fund raisers for various charity groups. In addition, VEISHEA brings speakers, lecturers, and entertainers to Iowa State, and throughout its over eight decade history it has hosted such distinguished guests as Bob Hope, John Wayne, Presidents Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and Lyndon Johnson, and performers Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Sonny and Cher, the Goo Goo Dolls and The Black Eyed Peas.

The annual celebration was rocked once again earlier this year with riots and also once again its very existence is being threatened. There were also riots in previous years, so bad in 2004 that for the first time ever VEISHA was not held in 2005. There was a lot of drinking during VEISHA during Bob's day, in fact Bob cannot remember an entire VEISHA from Friday afternoon to Monday morning when he woke up, but never the riots.

Bob learned personal respsonsibility at Iowa State, he has to admit he got there kicking and screaming though. Like others he drank a lot during college, and a lot is an understatement. He was a drunk, an obnoxious drunk, a very mean drunk. But this also taught another lesson, that responsibility extends not only to yourself and your friends but also everyone. Bob had friends that stuck with him even though he was a drunken jerk and made sure he or others did not start the drunken riots that have happened since we left. We learned how to place a drunk on his side so he wouldn't drown in his own puke and checked on him regularly. There was always calmer heads in the drunken confrontations. We never had a riot during our time. Somehow what was passed on to us as frosh and we passed on later has been lost.

We know personal responsibility is not "in" these days but it should be. Also extending that personal responsibility to your friends and neighbors should also be in. Bob is alive today because he was turned on his side a time or two and removed from volatile situations by his friends who until now he doesn't think that he has adequately thanked. So thanks Boog, Stretch, Glocko, Turk, Mike, Dave, Doug, Marty, Scott, Garrie, Tony, Mark, Gary, Wayne, Jody, Linda and all the others that literally saved his life and taught him a lesson he did not realize until later. Hopefully the kids at Iowa State will use this riot and the peril to VEISHA as a similar learning moment.

Bob quit drinking in 1981 because he didn't like who he became when he drank, both those events he could remember and those he can't, but mostly because he got tired of waking up driving 65 mph down the road :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO MORRO BAY CALIFORNIA (AND INTERNET YEAH!)

Morro Bay CA (Low 48 Mostly Sunny High 62)

We left Simi Valley California yesterday and drove approximately 185 miles to Morro Bay. Here is the route we took.



The route was scenic starting out near the coast




Then into wine and farm country



And then along the coast again for awhile. We were very pleased to find a nice park wifi and a strong 4g service here so we will be catching up on our blog entries so stay tuned. In addition to blogging and catching up on our internet surfing we plan to visit Hearst Castle while in the area and eat some great seafood. We already had some great oyster chowder last night and some pretty good clam chowder.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ANOTHER DEADZONE

Made it safe to Simi Valley area but are in another deadzone.

See you in a week.

Till next time,

Bob & Jo

SAW OUR FIRST BLOOMING SAGUAROS

Desert Hot Springs CA (Low 52 Partly Sunny Currently 65)
Simi Valley CA (Partly Sunny High 74)

Took us being in Desert Hot Springs for us to see our first blooming saguaros.




Today we head off to Simi Valley California.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, April 14, 2014

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT STREET FAIR

Desert Hot Springs CA (Low 55 Partly Sunny High 83)

We knew that the College of the Desert Street Fair held every Saturday and Sunday was a big deal, we just did not know how big of a deal it was. When any event has a shuttle service you know it is big.

Here it is from a distance.




Here we are smack dab in the middle of it.




There were all kinds of vendors, Jo just about bought a pair of Birkenstocks, and we did get a pair of reading sunglasses. We mainly came for the farmers market and we are glad that we did. We got some of the best fresh strawberries we have had in a while. Add to that fresh asparagus, some date treats, and homemade bread.

Luckily it had cooled off a little from the day before when Desert HOT Springs was more appropriate.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FINALLY ADDED ANOTHER STATE TO OUR VISITED MAP - CALIFORNIA

Desert Hot Springs CA (Low 53 Partly Sunny High 84)

We drove recently from the dead zone, aka Castle Rock Shores RV Resort near Parker Arizona to Desert Hot Springs California, adding that state to our visited map. It has been almost 2 years since we added a state,





Here is the route we took from Goodyear to Parker and then into Desert Hot Springs.



Observations about the dead zone (will talk more about the park later and what we did while there) it was like we were camping :-)


It was not as bad as we originally thought, we adapted well, there were a couple of spaces we could walk to and sometimes get cell coverage, park had free wifi at the clubhouse so we hit that once a day. After the dead zone we then dealt with some computer issues here in Desert Hot Springs that was preventing us to access some, but not all, websites. Blogger of course was one of the sites we couldn't get to. That just got resolved so hopefully we are back in business; back traveling and back blogging.

The Desert Hot Springs area (near Palm Springs) is gorgeous. Here is a picture of the park from our back window with JJ admiring the view.




It was good to add another state, continuing our full-time adventures.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, April 4, 2014

IN A DEAD ZONE

Made it safely to Parker Arizona but park has virtually no cell or internet service and no park wifi. This is too much like camping :-)

We will be here a week so will catch up on this beautiful area later.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WHOLE LOT OF REORGANIZING GOING ON

Goodyear AZ (Low 46 Sunny Currently 50)
Parker AZ (Currently 56 Sunny High 76)

We do this every time we stay some place for an extended period of time, and vow to not do it the next time, yet we do it again. What you say, what we do is get a lot disorganized. When you are moving every few days you keep stuff put up but when not moving you get lazy. Plus we have a bad habit of storing stuff like groceries on the top of the slideouts. Not good when you have to bring the slideouts in for a trip :-)

A trip is what we plan to do today, we are "planning" on heading to Castle Rock Shores near Parker Arizona right on the Colorado River.



The hitch in the giddy-up is a low inside dual tire that Bob is going to go check out in a few minutes once Discount Tires is open.

We'll keep you posted, and yes we did vow to be more organized our next long stay at a place. Only time will tell :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, March 31, 2014

THE SOUND OF FREEDOM

Goodyear AZ (Low 48 Sunny High 82)

As we sit here in Goodyear Arizona awaiting our repairs and making our final preparations for departure the jets of Luke Air Force Base are flying overhead in the bright blue skies. Unlike others we do not mind the noise and call it the sound of freedom.

Luke has a history dating back to World War II. Constructed in 1941 and named after the first airman to win the Medal of Honor Luke's mission was training fighter pilots and more than 12,000 graduated before the end of the war. Over the years the jets have changed, from F-16s in the 1990s to Luke's newest mission, training pilots on the new F-35 Lightning II. 



Luke is attractive for training in part to clear skies year round and its close proximity to the desolate Barry Goldwater Range where the pilots fly training missions.

We also look forward to 2 things upon our arrival to the southwest; our first saguaro sighting and the sound of freedom.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, March 28, 2014

A LITTLE BIT - ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS

Goodyear AZ (Low 49 Sunny High 80) 

Blogging funk :-( We've been doing more than we blogged about but it seems like the blogging has not flowed like it usually does. Let's hope that a change in scenery will help.
 

Where did the time go? We cannot believe how fast the last couple of weeks have gone, we swear we had another week to prepare for our departure. 

More mechanical issues :-( But just when we thought we were leaving we noticed a leak on our hydraulic automatic levelers and then our awning quit working. We will get these things looked at fixed as fast as possible and then head out, hopefully towards the end of next week.

NCAA Tourney! Here is an update on the NCAA tourney and Bob's bracket.



As mentioned before he went 13-3 on the first day and then 11-5 on the second, feeling pretty good about his bracket. When the Round of 32 finished he picked 10 of the 16 winners correctly. His Final 4 is still intact so we shall see how it goes in the Sweet 16. Speaking of the Sweet 16 Iowa State overcame an injury to one of their best players at the end of the first game and beat North Carolina on Sunday in one of the best games of the tourney so far to advance to the Sweet 16 against UConn. That game is later today. It has been a great tourney with a lot of exciting games.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, March 21, 2014

WELL THERE GOES A BILLION BUCKS

Goodyear AZ (Low 47 Partly Sunny High 82)

Bob was so close to a billion dollars he could taste it :-)

For those that don't know Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans are sponsoring a NCAA Tournament bracket challenge, if you pick all 63 games right you win a billion dollars. 



Bob entered his bracket and for awhile it was looking good, in fact he picked the first 9 games correctly. Sorry Weavers he picked Dayton over Ohio State. But then Bob was eliminated from the contest when he picked St. Joseph's over UConn. He ended the day 13-3 though so his bracket is still looking pretty good. Like the Cubs fans say there is always next year for the billion dollars.

The tourney continues today with 16 more games including Iowa State's first game. It will be tough to top yesterday's games as a new record was set with 4 overtime games which extended Bob's watching time to almost 14 hours.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NCAA MARCH MADNESS BEGINS

Goodyear AZ (Low 46 Sunny High 82)

It's that time of year again, March Madness, NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tourneys. For the Men's March Madness Bob will be camped out in the recliner beginning today. All games are live but Thursday and Friday are the best days because there can sometimes be 4 games on at a time. The tourneys mean a little bit more this year as both the Iowa State Men (#3 Seed) and the Women (#7 Seed) are playing.




The nice thing about being in the valley of the sun is that we are not on daylight savings time so our time matches Pacific Daylight time. What that means is that the games start earlier (TruTV Tipoff Show at 8a and games begin 9a) and thusly end earlier.

Bob will do it all today, 16 men's games, and then again tomorrow with another 16 games! Jo will be using the Genie mini client and watching her shows, reading books, visiting friends, etc. She is a trooper to put up with Bob at this time of year, heck all of the year :-)

With 13-14 hours of basketball each day we will fall a little further behind in our blog reading and commenting :-)

Till next time,

Bob

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

YOU JUST HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE

Goodyear AZ (Low 46 Sunny High 82)

We "planned" to go to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix with some friends recently on the free admission day. We wanted to see the Chiluhy Glass exhibit.




Glass sculptures like the above displayed throughout the park. Plus it was the beginning of wildflower season. The key words above were "planned" and "free". Seniors just love their free days, plus we didn't realize that it was also the week of spring break for some students in the area. Words cannot describe how busy it was, so busy in fact that there was a sign on the entrance and a guard there saying that it was temporarily closed.

So now what to do? The four of us had talked about visiting the IKEA store in Tempe since none of us had ever visited so we headed there.



This was quite an experience, two floors, 355,000 sq. ft. on 21 acres. You follow a serpentine path on both floors through a lot of exhibits. Plus at the end there is a grocery area. We enjoyed the tour and bought a couple of things and then it was time for lunch. Close to IKEA is Rudy's Country Store and BBQ.



Rudy's has very good Texas BBQ brisket, some of the moistest and tender brisket we have ever had and we are from the Kansas City area. What follows lunch is sometimes dessert. We had heard good things about pie at the Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Co. in Chandler. We had pecan, strawberry rhubarb ie, lemon cream, and german chocolate slices. We bonused because as we were sitting there the clock turned to 3p and on 3p on Tuesday it is 1/2 price whole pie. We went home with a peach pie for our friends and a strawberry rhubarb pie for us. We both agree it is very good pie.



Proves that when you are flexible there sometimes might be a reward.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, March 17, 2014

OUR TIME IS WINDING DOWN

Goodyear AZ (Low 47 Sunny and HOT High 86)

Our time here in the valley of the sun is winding down. One telltale sign is that we just had the last grapefruit from the tree next to our site.




With a couple of weeks to go we are making plans to eat at our favorite places one last time, saying our goodbyes to people already leaving, making plans to meet on the road somewhere, last minute doctor appointments, etc. Once we leave here it will be one week at each place so want to get a lot of stuff done here before we leave.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, March 15, 2014

FROZEN

Goodyear AZ (Low 48 Sunny High 82)

No we don't mean how frozen a lot of the country was this winter :-) We are done gloating about our nice winter here in Arizona.



We mean that we recently saw the Oscar winning best animated film, Frozen.



We have to admit we are suckers for animated films but have not like some of the recent ones so we were a little reluctant to see this one. Jo wanted to because she heard the music and singing was very good. When it won not only best animated picture and best song for "Let it Go" we decided to give it a try.

We are so glad that we did, this is a good old fashioned Disney animated film. Good story, based on the "Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson, incredible music and singing. "Let it Go" was our favorite of all the Oscar songs so we were kind of surprised when it won. Here is "Let it Go" from youtube.




A very good film, give it a try.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SUMMER TRIP FROM NEWPORT TO DENVER

Goodyear AZ (Low 47 Partly Sunny High 79)

When last we left our intrepid travelers Bob and Jo they were in Newport OR. Here is what Bob has laid out from there to Denver.


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NOTE: Had some trouble getting the map to display. If you click "View Larger Map" just below the map and use the zoom + or - buttons on the upper left of the map the route should appear. Sorry for this, maybe just another Google issue.

We will be checking off a few more bucket list items; Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Glacier National Park, etc.

Let us know what you think,

Bob and Jo

Monday, March 10, 2014

WE WON'T BE CHANGING OUR CLOCKS FOR AWHILE

Goodyear AZ (Low 48 Sunny High 82)

We won't be changing our clocks for awhile.




We are currently in Arizona which does not follow Daylight Savings Time. We remain in Mountain Standard Time (UTC-8 currently) and when we leave here we move into Pacific Daylight Time which will be the same time. We will remain at the same time until August when we cross into Mountain Daylight Time.

This may be the longest stretch we have had at the same time since we began full-timing in September 2009. A side note is that the clock that we had on our blog to show our current time is no longer supported by blogger so we are looking for a new one which we hope to have shortly.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, March 9, 2014

UPDATE ON OUR SUMMER PLANS

Goodyear AZ (Low 48 Sunny High 82)

Bob has completed planning the first part of the trip and we have reservations up to July 4th at the Port of Newport RV Park in Newport Oregon. Here is what the trip looks like with the markers being the parks we are staying at.


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Now Bob is working on the next leg, from Newport OR to Denver.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, March 8, 2014

LUAU

Goodyear AZ (Low 48 Partly Sunny High 80)

To all those having a horrible winter, we feel your pain. But having spent last winter in the Kansas City area we also feel that we can still gloat a little more this winter :-)

We recently had a Luau at our park. We sat outside in the sun in shorts and enjoyed the good weather and company. It was cloudy during the day but as soon as we got seated it cleared off. Floating in the pool is a centerpiece that a couple of very crafty ladies spent a few hours on.



Of course there was food







The dessert table was incredible, pineapple upside down cake that you could cover with fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate, etc.




After all that the floating centerpiece was lit 



and there was dancing to a live band.




Sorry couldn't resist,

This is us as the Luau was winding down,



This is those in cold country,




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

TEN REASONS TO RETIRE TO AN RV

Goodyear AZ (Low 51 Partial Sun High 77)

Got this in the January 2014 Newsletter from Air Safe Hitches and it does a great job of explaining why we chose this nomadic lifestyle.





Ten Reasons To Retire To An RV     
by RV Lifestyle Expert Author

Retirement is the time for a simpler life and the chance to do things you didn't have time for when working. Living the RV lifestyle in retirement has several advantages. Here are ten.

Ten more reasons to retire to an RV

1.   Live your retirement dreams.  Are there places you’ve wanted to visit but never took the time or perhaps didn’t have the money to do so? Now you can travel at your leisure and visit all those places. Whether it’s visiting national parks, following the Oregon Trail, playing at amusement parks or getting your fill of country western music, it’s all there for you.

2.   Take your house with you: Instead of having to pack and unpack and hassle with airports or schlepping luggage in and out of motels, everything is there. Some RVs come with air or pillow-top mattresses, or you can add your own. Instead of sleeping on a lumpy mattress or too hard one night, then too soft the next, enjoy your own. Your bathroom is clean and you can relax at night on your comfortable sofa or La-Z-Boy recliner.

3.   Zero yard work and cleaning house is a breeze: With only a couple of hundred square feet to clean, cleaning house takes just a few minutes. There is no lawn to mow or yard to maintain.

4.   Stay active: Most experts agree that staying active prolongs and improves quality of life. Living in an RV provides many ways to stay active physically and mentally. When traveling, you have to stay engaged with life!

5.   Live less expensively: An RV is much less expensive to maintain than a house. Nightly campground fees are normally less than property tax and maintenance expenses on a stick house. Many expenses in the RV lifestyle can be controlled so you can cut back in a budget category when needed.

6.  Meet new people and make new friends:  RVers are very friendly people. Opportunities are constant to meet new people. Get involved with an RV club or at an RV resort and find a whole new community. Working or volunteering as you travel is another way to meet people and make friends.

7.    One house, many views: When you get tired of one view, move on to the next. RVing is the ideal way to snowbird. Go where it is cool in the summer and where it is warm in the winter. Change your ocean view to a mountain view in a matter of a few hours.

8.    No property taxes: Enjoy home ownership (your RV) without property taxes. Rent an RV space for as long as you want, then move.

9.    Have many new experiences:  You can actively have so many new experiences and be part of them rather than experience them vicariously on the boob tube. Stand where Lewis and Clark stood on their Voyage of Discovery. Crew for a hot air balloon at Albuquerque. Kayak among whales in Glacier Bay. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail. Or visit historical monuments; an auto tour at Gettysburg makes you feel like you are part of the Civil War.


10.  Visit friends and relatives: Visiting friends and relatives in an RV makes visiting so much more fun. Even if you are parked in their driveway, you have your own space. Or, stay at a nearby RV park so you are not instant babysitters!

A pretty job of explaining full-timing, and adding to our list of things to do and places to visit.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, March 2, 2014

SAW "WINTER'S TALE"

Goodyear AZ (Low 54 Clouds and Sun High 70)

We saw the movie "Winter's Tale" recently.




It is kind of difficult to describe this movie except to say that we liked it, we actually liked it a lot. The makers of the film have this synopsis, "Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, the film is a story of miracle, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil." 

Others have described it as part science fiction, part romance. We have to agree with all of that. Anytime you have animal spirit guides, demons, time travel, action and romance you pretty have us. Give this movie a try, we think you will like it.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER

Goodyear AZ (Low 59 Showers High 68)

There's been a change in the weather, there's been a change in us. It is amazing how fast you can adapt to the warmer temperatures. 68 degrees sounds wonderful to most of the country right now but with the rain and being cooler we hate to admit but we have noticed it, feeling a little chilly at 68 is pretty incredible.

But if we think we are bad we just have to listen to the locals on the news or in the stores, with all the whining you'd think they were having a body part removed. The nice thing about "bad" weather around here is that it usually only lasts a couple of days and at least this cold spell is bringing much need rain.

Here is a picture from our spring training visit to show just how nice the weather usually is.




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, February 28, 2014

2014 SPRING TRAINING

Goodyear AZ (Low 54 Sunny and Windy High 79)

One thing we missed a lot not coming down here last winter was Spring Training for the Cactus League. We went to our first game yesterday. The park sure looked nice,



As you can see the sun was shining and it was hot in the sun, no sympathy we know from those in the Midwest right now. 



Jo put on her big hat and she said it felt 5 degrees cooler. Although a nice crowd it wasn't wall to wall people so we moved down a few seats into the shade and it dropped 10-15 degrees with a nice gentle breeze. A beautiful day for baseball.

We went to see the Kansas City Royals play the Texas Rangers in Surprise.



We all commented how you could see a noticeable lack of energy from the Royals from the gitgo, which showed in the scoreboard, Rangers 11 Royals 7. It was still a great day and the game didn't count.

Here are more photos from the stadium.




Paul, this one was for you :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GLAD THERE IS A TECHNICAL TERM FOR IT

Goodyear AZ (Low 51 Mostly Sunny High 80)

Bob started feeling poorly last weekend and it lasted for a few days. We were supposed to meet up with Jim & Sandie from Where are the Dixons Today? for lunch on Monday with other bloggers but we had to cancel. Sandie called it "The Crud" and said it took her about a week to get over it, never a better technical term as far as Bob is concerned :-)

This has put us a little behind in our blog reading and writing so we have some catch up to do.

Bob did comment that after last winter in Missouri recovering from surgery 



and some down time here in Arizona this winter he would gladly choose Arizona every time :-)



Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BAMBOO SOCKS

Goodyear AZ (Low 51 Warm with Decreasing Clouds High 82)

Time to time we like to give tips on what makes our full-timing life a little easier. We hit upon the neatest socks we ever have worn, bamboo socks.



We never have had socks that fit so well, and stay fitting great throughout the day and after a few cycles in the washer/dryer. Don't know how they do it but they feel like they also have arch support. Again we know we won't get any sympathy but with all the heat lately our feet also keep cool with these socks. 

Give them a try and let us know what you think. They come in all styles even diabetic socks. We get them at vendor days in Happy Trails in Surprise AZ but they are also available online. Here is the vendor at Happy Trails, Best Bamboo Socks

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KNOW WE AREN'T GOING TO GET ANY SYMPATHY FOR THIS

Goodyear AZ (Low 52 Sunshine mixing with Clouds High 84)

This is you




This is us




Yeah, we had to turn on our air conditioner yesterday, the first time this year. It was 87 degrees on our outdoor thermometer, just too warm to sit outside and wait for the big cool down of the desert.

You can begin the sympathy anytime :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, February 17, 2014

STARTED MAKING PLANS FOR THIS SUMMER

Goodyear AZ (Low 47 Very Warm with Sunshine High 83)

Bob has started laying out our travel once we leave the Phoenix area the end of March. We have to be in Denver in September for some medical tests and we have to figure in reservations for at least Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Probably would be a good idea to have reservations from Memorial Day to Labor Day since we have needed them in the past in Minnesota and Michigan. Here is what we have so far, 1 week at each location:



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Any comments will be appreciated on route, stops, need for reservations, etc. We are seeing a number of things we have wanted to see for a long time: London Bridge, Joshua Tree National Park, Sequoia National Park, Reagan Library, Hearst Castle, Yosemite, Monterey Aquarium, Crater Lake, Oregon Coast, etc. (and that is just the first part of the trip). We also know that there is a lot more to see, when Bob tried to fit all in California he wanted to see he mapped out the weeks and he was into August already so he had to scale back. 

Leaves something for next trip!

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, February 14, 2014

IS THIS A REVERSE "BWE"?

Goodyear AZ (Low 45 Sunny and Warm High 83)

We know that most of the time we think of the BWE (Baskerville Weather Effect) as being colder than normal but as defined the BWE is any extreme; hot or cold, more rain than normal, more snow than normal, etc. where we are located. Consider that the normal high is in the low 70s at this time of the year this qualifies as the BWE.



With all the cold weather across the country we feel that maybe we should feel a little guilty with all this good weather. But we are enjoying it so much we just don't feel guilty :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, February 13, 2014

WHERE THERE IS A WILL

Goodyear AZ (Low 44 Sunny High 82)

Where there is a will there usually is a way. Before we began full-timing we really liked the take and bake pizzas from Papa Murphy's, especially the thinner deLite crust. Unfortunately the deLite crust measures 14 inches (large) which is too big for our convection oven. The 4 times we used the propane oven in 4 years was for the deLite Papa Murphy pizza. We had their pizza more often but went with regular crust and medium sized since it fit in the convection.

When we got rid of the propane oven for the dishwasher we thought that our deLite pizza days was over for awhile. Then Jo hit upon the idea to cut the pizza in half and cook it that way. To be brutally honest Bob wasn't so sure and resisted the idea until we tried it recently. Just another case of Bob being wrong, you'd think he would be used to it by now :-)

Didn't think to take a before picture but here is the pizza cut in half, toppings rolled back so the crust in the middle could be rolled up and form a crust line. Bob's days working at Pizza Hut all those years ago were not a waste.



We then cooked it, a Greek Pepperoni pizza, in the convection and it was wonderful. 

You'd think Jo would get tired of being right but she isn't :-)

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, February 8, 2014

EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

Goodyear AZ (Low 42 Sunny High 71)

Ever had one of those days when nothing seemed to go right? Well Z Tejas Southwestern Grill in Phoenix recently had one of those days, or was it Bob having one of those days?



We had wanted to eat there for awhile after getting a to go menu while visiting Texaz Grill for some great chicken fried steak. Bob wanted to try a smoked chicken chile relleno and Jo wanted to try a wild mushroom enchilada. 



When our food arrived Bob tried to break off a corner and it felt like he was hitting the plate instead of the entree. Using a serrated knife he was barely able to cut through. No problem they will make another, besides Jo's wild mushroom enchilada was very good and their corn bread is also excellent :-)



The manager came by and was all apologetic and offered something to eat while Bob's new entree was cooking, probably to save some food for Jo. The smoked chicken chorizo soup sounded good and it was. The new entree arrived shortly thereafter and it was really good, but then, you just knew there was a but coming didn't ya? Bob saw what looked like the stem of the chile on his plate but it was not the stem it was a chicken bone. They smoke and hand pick the chicken there so both the waitress and the manager were very apologetic again. Luckily it was a big enough piece that it never got to the mouth or became a choking hazard.

We finished the rest of the meal and asked for to go containers and Bob's drink in a to go cup. Guess what happens next, they were all out of lids for the to go cups. We bring this up not to condemn Z Tejas but to compliment them. When you eat out as much as we do there is going to be problems, how the place handles the problem is what you are looking for. The waitress did not hesitate to let the manager know when the problems occurred. The manager was very attentive after that even offering a free cup of soup while Bob waited. When it came time to pay both of our meals were free. We made sure to tip the waitress for the full value of the meals and told her we would not hesitate to eat there again. The food was excellent and when problems surfaced they were handled correctly.

So if you are ever in Arizona, California, Utah or Texas give Z Tejas a chance, you won't be disappointed.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo